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Bridge of the Americas description and photos - Panama: Panama. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Bridge of the Americas.
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The bridge connecting two continents - North and South America, is thrown across the Pacific Ocean, in front of the Panama Canal. The Americans were involved in the construction of the Bridge of the Americas in 1959-1962. They spent $ 20 million on the construction of this structure. The uniqueness of the bridge was that it did not need to be raised before the passage of ships. Two more drawbridges were built across the Panama Canal - near the Miraflores and Gatun locks. At the beginning of the XXI century, a second fixed bridge appeared here, called the Bridge of the Century. For more than 50 years, the Pan American Highway has crossed the Bridge of the Americas.
The bridge was originally named after the ferry that ply between the two banks of the canal - “Thatcher Fairy Bridge”. And Maurice Thatcher, whose name the ferry was named after, was a well-known official in Panama, solemnly opening the bridge after its construction. But the name of Thatcher Fairy Bridge was almost never used, so the bridge was renamed.
The length of the Bridge of the Two Americas is 1654 meters. The bridge has a single arch with a length of 259 meters. During high tides, the water level in the ocean rises significantly, and more than 61 meters remains between the bridge and the water surface. This means that all ships that want to pass under the bridge must not exceed this line in height.
In the evening, the Bridge of the Americas is beautifully illuminated. The most spectacular footage of the illuminated bridge can be taken from the Balboa embankment, where a pier for small boats is equipped. Cars are constantly racing across the bridge. There are wide entrances to this structure for them. Pedestrians can also walk across the bridge.
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